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This Sunday: next Salon event to complement “Light & Noir: Exiles and Emigres in Hollywood, 1933-1950” – at the Skirball Cultural Center – Los Angeles art culture report

Poster for Harvey (1950), © Universal International. Courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Shown in center: James Stewart.

Poster for Harvey (1950), © Universal International. Courtesy of the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Shown in center: James Stewart.

This Sunday, the Skirball Cultural Center is holding the second of two salon events that complement their major fall exhibition, Light & Noir: Exiles and Emigres in Hollywood, 1933-1950, currently on view until March 1, 2015.

The exhibition itself covers many topics beyond the professional lives of the many directors, actors, composers, writers, and other artists, who fled Nazi Germany during the Second World War and ended up in Hollywood. On view are immigration documents, evidence of the salon life that sustained the Euro expat community, evidence of some of the ugly internal politics of the Hayes office, and numerous fascinating artifacts. (Review pending.)

To learn even more about these brave émigrés, you can join experts and family descendants for in-depth discussions of émigré directors and composers at two Sunday afternoon in-gallery salons. Many of the people featured in Light & Noir gathered together frequently at salons to connect and exchange ideas with each other.

On Sunday, February 15, the focus is on composers such as Miklós Rózsa and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Juliet Rózsa, Kathrin Korngold Hubbard, and UCLA ethnomusicologist Neal Brostoff will share their insights.

ADMISSION to these salons is included with Museum admission; no reservations required.  More information below.

Light & Noir - Sunset Blvd


About the exhibition, Light & Noir: Exiles and Emigres in Hollywood, 1933-1950:

This fascinating show relates the stories of the many German-speaking filmmakers who fled the Weimar film industry and went on to make scores of beloved Hollywood classics including Sunset Boulevard, Casablanca, Mildred Pierce and Ninotchka.

At once entertaining and illuminating, Light & Noir highlights important talents such as directors Fritz Lang and Billy Wilder, actors Marlene Dietrich and Paul Henreid, and behind the scenes movers and shakers including Carl Laemmele of Universal Studios and agent Paul Kohner, industry leaders who worked tirelessly to bring their Nazi-imperiled colleagues to Hollywood. Film clips, props, costumes, posters, drawings and never-before-exhibited personal memorabilia set against brilliantly colored walls make for a dynamic display. Special highlights include costumes worn by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Joan Crawford, furnishings from the Rick’s Café set of Casablanca, one of Billy Wilder’s Oscars, and Ernst Lubitsch’s 25-year anniversary album.

The exhibition examines the impact of the exile sensibility on movie-making in “Golden Age” Hollywood, especially in the film noir and comedy genres. It also looks at the arduous process of gaining entry to the U.S. and the challenges of life here for emigres, including eventually being targeted by the post-war Red Scare. In recognition of the salon life that centered the émigré community, the exhibition has re-created the Feuchtwanger living room from Villa Aurora, where a series of salon events will be held.

In addition to Light & Noir, the Skirball presents The Noir Effect, which looks at the influence of noir on contemporary art, media and pop culture, and Café Vienne, an art installation that recreates a Viennese café in honor of recently rediscovered writer Gina Kaus. Inspired by these exhibitions, the Skirball has organized a pop-up shop featuring wares themed to film noir and Art Deco precedents. Featuring retro fashions and cosmetics, elegant décor, vintage jewelry, detective paraphernalia and gifts for all ages, the shop provides distinctive options for the holiday season, including a number of custom items. Of special note are Miriam Haskell costume jewelry items reproduced from their archive.

Director Edgar G. Ulmer, courtesy of Photofest.

Director Edgar G. Ulmer, courtesy of Photofest.

Light & Noir: Exiles and Emigres in Hollywood, 1933-1950
October 23, 2014—March 1, 2015

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90049


Salon: Émigré Composers
February 15, 2015

2:00 p.m.

Converse about composers Miklós Rózsa, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and more while listening to their Hollywood recordings—with UCLA ethnomusicologist Neal Brostoff and descendants Juliet Rózsa and Kathrin Korngold Hubbard.

ADMISSION to these salons is included with Museum admission; no reservations required.

Related Public Programs:
The Noir Effect
Café Vienne — a site-specific installation

More information here.




PR Basics class offered by Green Galactic – Los Angeles publicity report

green galactic

Dynamic PR firm Green Galactic (GG) has announced an exciting project. They will be teaching their first class on techniques for public relations & marketing in September.

Best of all, they’re operating on the “barter for knowledge” model, so students can pay with green fruit, red wine, donations etc.

The class is scheduled for Saturday September 27, 2014 from 2:00 – 6:00pm and these experienced professionals will be offering Marketing, Promotion & PR Basics for Emerging Cultural Creatives through Trade School LA, an alternative, volunteer-operated school that runs on barter. Trade School LA is an international network with more than 50 chapters from Singapore to San Diego.

Learn more here and read press on the LA school here.

This first class (there will be more!) will take place at DYI space Gal Palace in Rampart Village.

Register here.

Full info:

The workshop is designed to empower emerging cultural creatives (visual artists, musicians, actors, dancers, emerging creative space/event organizers, +) by providing an overview of marketing and promotion basics to help take them to their next level. The course will introduce key strategies and tools used for traditional publicity, email marketing, and online marketing. Participating students should have professional aspirations, actively pursuing their creative efforts (i.e., in an active band, making art, performing, etc.) Students will leave the course with the start of an action plan to guide their marketing and promotional efforts. The workshop is led by Charlene Boehne and Lynn Tejada, both of Green Galactic, an LA-based firm which provides publicity and marketing consulting services primarily to arts, culture, and entertainment clients.

Bring one of the following:
a bottle of Shiraz or Merlot
a piece of original dog art
clear garbage bags
graphic design assistance in creating a flyer
local fruits/vegetables (from your backyard, foraged, etc.)
snacks to share with the class
US postage stamps
video editing help

About the teacher, Lynn Tejada & Charlene Boehne

Established in Hollywood, California in 1993, Green Galactic provides publicity and marketing consulting services primarily to arts, culture, and entertainment clients. For over 20 years, Green Galactic Founder Lynn Tejada has been a publicist for alternative art and culture producers, enthusiastically representing clients on a local, regional, national, and international scale. Her promotional focus and client base has grown to include all things of interest to her including music, theatre, art, film, restaurants, dance, fashion, books, and more. Tejada has a BS in Television Production. A marketing professional and project manager for over 20 years, Charlene Boehne has worked in both the non-profit and corporate for-profit worlds. She joined Green Galactic in 2009, primarily as a marketing consultant and writer. Boehne, who has an MFA in Studio Art, has led business training workshops and taught college-level art classes.


Marketing, Promotion & PR Basics for Emerging Cultural Creatives through Trade School LA

Saturday September 27, 2014 from 2:00 – 6:00pm

Register here.




TOMORROW – Sat May 31 – Getty hosts a one-day symposium on photography

Los Angeles International Airport, 1964. Garry Winogrand (American, 1928 - 1984). American. Gelatin silver print. 35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.) © 1984 The Estate of Garry Winogrand. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

Los Angeles International Airport, 1964. Garry Winogrand (American, 1928 – 1984). American. Gelatin silver print. 35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.) © 1984 The Estate of Garry Winogrand. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

This year marks the 175th anniversary of the announcement of the invention of photography. To commemorate the occasion, the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Department of Photographs will be hosting a one-day symposium titled The View from Here: L.A. and Photography on Saturday, May 31 at the Getty Center.

The symposium is free, but reservations are required and can be made by visiting the event website.

Symposium participants include photographers Jo Ann Callis, John Divola, Catherine Opie, Stephen Shore, and James Welling, filmmaker and photography collector Jan de Bont, Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight, curators Anne Wilkes Tucker and Jennifer Watts, as well as other distinguished speakers.

A keynote lecture will be given by George Baker, associate professor of art history at the University of California, Los Angeles. The event is sponsored by the Getty Museum Photographs Council.
The symposium will consider the role Los Angeles has played in the history of photography, focusing on the last several decades. Panels have been organized to address the tradition of photographic education across Southern California—stretching back to Robert Heinecken’s founding of the photography program at UCLA—as well as the ways in which Los Angeles has inspired and been represented in the work of numerous photographers. Influential Los Angeles area museums, collections, and exhibitions that relate to photography will also be a topic of discussion.


“Early on, major photographers like Edward Weston and Man Ray lived and worked in Los Angeles, but in the last 25 years the art of photography has exploded in Los Angeles. With great teachers, great students, supporting galleries and museums, this city has become an exciting place in the world of photography,” says Jan de Bont, a member of the Photographs Council. “That is why the Getty Photographs Council wanted to make Los Angeles, where ‘visual arts’ have always played a major part, the focus of this celebration.”

The Getty Museum celebrated the 150th anniversary of photography with a symposium in 1989, publishing the papers the following year in Photography, Discovery and Invention: Papers Delivered at a Symposium Celebrating the Invention of Photography.


“This year’s symposium allows us to continue the tradition of marking the anniversary. We have assembled an excellent group of speakers, each of whom brings a distinctive viewpoint regarding Los Angeles’ photographic legacy and the future of photography,” says Virginia Heckert, curator of photographs at the Getty Museum, who, together with assistant curator Amanda Maddox and a subcommittee of Getty Museum Photographs Council members, organized the symposium.

Photography exhibitions on view at the Getty Center at the time of the symposium are A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Past Tense, and In Focus: Ansel Adams. While all three exhibitions celebrate the rich history of the medium, A Royal Passion was conceived to acknowledge the anniversary of the invention of photography and the rise of the medium’s importance in the areas of documentation and art during Victoria’s six-decade reign.


About the Getty Museum Photographs Council:

Established in 2005, the Getty Museum Photographs Council consists of a group of passionate collectors and donors who support the Getty Museum’s Department of Photographs. Funds from the Council assist the Museum with the acquisition of modern and contemporary photography. To date, the group has helped acquire for the Museum more than 250 works by a number of renowned photographers, including: Marco Breuer, John Chiara, Gregory Crewdson, Eileen Cowin, Simryn Gill, David Goldblatt, Anthony Hernandez, Candida Höfer, Pieter Hugo, John Humble, Mary Ellen Mark, Bill Owens, Masato Seto, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Henry Wessel.

Program Schedule:

10:00–10:15 a.m.
Introductory remarks
Timothy Potts, Director, J. Paul Getty Museum

10:15–10:55 a.m.
Looking Back at Photography
George Baker, University of California, Los Angeles

11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – Panel I
An Education: Teaching and Studying Photography in L.A.

Jo Ann Callis, California Institute of the Arts
Robbert Flick, University of Southern California
Catherine Opie, University of California, Los Angeles
James Welling, University of California, Los Angeles

Anne Wilkes Tucker, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

12:30-2:00 p.m.
Lunch break and exhibition visit (self-guided)

2:00–3:30 p.m. – Panel II
Los Angeles Shoots Itself: Looking at Southern California

Matthew Brandt
John Divola
Harry Gamboa, Jr.
Alex Prager
Stephen Shore

Colin Westerbeck, writer and independent curator

3:45–5:15 p.m. – Panel III
From the Rearview Mirror: Critical Perspectives on L.A.

Jan de Bont, filmmaker and collector
Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times
Rebecca Morse, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Jennifer Watts, Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens

Virginia Heckert, J. Paul Getty Museum

5:15–5:30 p.m.
Closing remarks
Judith Keller, J. Paul Getty Museum


The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations:  the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

The J. Paul Getty Museum collects in seven distinct areas, including Greek and Roman antiquities, European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts, and photographs gathered internationally. The Museum’s mission is to make the collection meaningful and attractive to a broad audience by presenting and interpreting the works of art through educational programs, special exhibitions, publications, conservation, and research.

Visiting the Getty Center
The Getty Center is open Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed Monday and major holidays. Admission to the Getty Center is always free. Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 5 p.m. on Saturdays and for evening events throughout the week. No reservation is required for parking or general admission. Reservations are required for event seating and groups of 15 or more. Please call (310) 440-7300 (English or Spanish) for reservations and information. The TTY line for callers who are deaf or hearing impaired is (310) 440-7305. The Getty Center is at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California.

Additional information is available here.
Sign up for e-Getty here to receive free monthly highlights of events at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa via e-mail, or visit their home site for a complete calendar of public programs.




Mel Brooks: Live at the Geffen – Los Angeles theater event report

Mel Brooks

With an illustrious and industrious career in the entertainment business that spans over 60 years, Mel Brooks has become synonymous with comedy. Now you have the chance to see the funny man live on stage, regaling his audience with hilarious stories drawn from his life and work.

Mel Brooks: Live at the Geffen will have a single performance Monday, April 28 at 8pm in the Gil Cates Theater, in a Spotlight Entertainment Series Production.  An introspective retrospective of Mel Brooks’ life and career, this is Brooks’ first one-man stage production.  Director, producer, writer and actor, Brooks is in an elite group as one of the few entertainers to earn all four major entertainment prizes – the Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar.

Ken Novice, Managing Director of the Geffen, said, “We are pleased to present the incomparable Mel Brooks in a special evening that he has created as part of our popular and special Spotlight Entertainment Series which brings iconic artists and extraordinary events to our intimate theatres.  We know audiences are in for a memorable evening with one of the great comic entertainers of all time.”

Novice continued, “The mission of the Geffen Playhouse Spotlight Entertainment Series is to provide unique theatrical events to Los Angeles that would not ordinarily be part of a traditional theatre season – including the recent the sold out run of I’ll Eat You Last starring Bette Midler and the extended run of Nothing to Hide, directed by Neil Patrick Harris.”

Mel Brooks’ career began in television writing for Your Show of Shows and together with Buck Henry creating the long running TV series Get Smart.  He then teamed up with Carl Reiner to write and perform the Grammy-winning 2000 Year Old Man comedy albums & books.

Brooks won his first Oscar in 1964 for writing and narrating the animated short The Critic and his second for the screenplay of his first feature film, The Producers in 1968.  Many hit comedy films followed including The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World Part I, To Be or Not to Be, Spaceballs, Life Stinks, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.  His film company, Brooksfilms Limited also produced critically acclaimed films such as The Elephant Man, The Fly, Frances, My Favorite Year and 84 Charring Cross Road.  For three successive seasons, 1997-1999 Mel Brooks won Emmy Awards for his role as “Uncle Phil” on the hit sitcom Mad About You.

Brooks received three 2001 Tony Awards and two Grammy Awards for The Producers: the New Mel Brooks Musical, which ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2006.  The Producers still holds the record for the most Tony awards ever won by a Broadway musical. He followed that success with The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, which ran on Broadway from 2007 to 2009 and both musicals continue to be performed and enjoyed by audiences all over the world.

In 2009 Mel Brooks received The Kennedy Center Honors, recognizing a lifetime of extraordinary contributions to American culture.  His recent projects include the Emmy nominated HBO comedy specials “Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again,” and “Mel Brooks Strikes Back!” as well as a career retrospective DVD box set titled  “The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection Of Unhinged Comedy.”  In the spring of 2013 he was the subject of an Emmy Award winning American Masters documentary on PBS called “Mel Brooks: Make A Noise” and was the 41st recipient of the AFI’s Life Achievement Award.


Mel Brooks: Live at the Geffen

Monday, April 28, 2014


Tickets:  $65-90.00

The Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse

10886 Le Conte Avenue,

Los Angeles CA 90024.

For information and to purchase tickets, please visit the official site here or call 310-208-5454.



Urban Dinner Socials ‘Make and Take’ Cooking Class – this SUNDAY – Los Angeles cooking class report

Photo credit: David Kiang Photography.

Photo credit: David Kiang Photography.

Urban Dinner Socials’ inaugural Make and Take Cooking Class, featuring Whittier Backyard Farms local produce, will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Plant Based Parties in Los Angeles, CA, 4:00-7:00pm.

Participants will learn vegan cooking skills, including how to fit home cooking work into a fast-paced life. Ten menu items, packaged to go home with participants for the week, include wheat-free options.

Urban Dinner Socials, now in its fifth year, uses local produce to make international and comfort foods vegan. The project teaches cooking skills through hands-on kitchen training and a weekly Instagram feed of easy seasonal vegan recipes to make at home.

Ticket prices are $80-120.00, depending on time of purchase.

Want to eat more plant-based foods, but can’t find the time to cook? Urban Dinner Chef Megan Hobza of Urban Dinner Socials shows you how it’s done on Sunday, March 23, 2014, from 4.00–7:00PM. The event, hosted by Plant Based Parties (Jennie Cooks Catering), sends participants home with food for the week. Participants will learn vegan cooking skills with the Urban Dinner Socials localvore vegan gastropub using fresh local produce curated by Whittier Backyard Farms CSA (community supported agriculture). The class will discuss menu planning around seasonal ingredients, take a “shopping trip” in the CSA produce box, and receive one-on-one consults with the chef and assistance from the Urban Dinner Socials kitchen crew.

“You want to buy farmers market veggies or a produce box subscription, but you worry, ‘I won’t have time,’ or, ‘I don’t know how to cook vegetables,’” Urban Dinner Socials director Megan Hobza says, “Our international dinners have shown our dinner guests how tasty plant-based food can be. They want that kind of food every day. The Make and Take Cooking Class is for people who want to rely less on eating out, learn healthy cooking, and eat the food they believe in.”

How it works

They bring the produce of the week from Whittier Backyard Farms, plus the entire Urban Dinner Socials pantry of organic staples and exotic ingredients. Participants will choose the type of dish they’ll make (salad, entree, etc.) and go “shopping” for 6-10 ingredients to make it.  Participants have a Tim Gunn-style consult with Megan Hobza about the recipe, in which instructors help each participant select a recipe from our collection and go over strategies for making it work with the available ingredients. Their experienced kitchen crew will be on hand to assist with shopping, chopping, and cooking techniques.  They’ll have a final tasting and adjustment, and the food will be packed to go at 7:00 p.m.

Photo credit: David Kiang Photography.

Photo credit: David Kiang Photography.

Event details

On Sunday, March 23, 2014, the event starts at 4:00pm at Plant Based Parties (3048 Fletcher Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90065). Take-home vegan dishes include three salads, two soups, three entrees, cake, and ice cream. Tickets cost $80-120, depending on time of purchase, and can be secured here. Ample street parking is available. See additional event details on FB.

Purchase Tickets here. ($80-120.00, depending on time of purchase.)

Urban Dinner Socials, now in its fifth year, uses backyard-farmed produce to make international and comfort foods vegan. For additional information on the Urban Dinner Socials, please see their newsletter archive here.

Make and Take Cooking Class with the Urban Dinner Socials.

Cook your week of meals with the Urban Dinner Socials! You’ll make tasty salads, soups, entrees, and desserts – ten plant-based dishes – using local organic produce curated by Whittier Backyard Farms. You’ll take home three hearty salads, two soups, three entrees, vegan party cake, and cashew ice cream.

How this Class Saves You Money:

Their week of meals costs half, or less, than a similar week of meals delivery service. And, unlike other ‘make and takes,’ your meals include a class to build your skills. They help you prevent waste, too: If you shop at the farmers market or have a produce box subscription, exciting but unfamiliar foods can languish in the fridge. They’ll help you with strategies to get these foods on the table.

How This Class Saves You Time:

Shopping for (or growing) local food takes time – this class taps into the ultra-local sourcing expertise of Whittier Backyard Farms to do your produce shopping for you, at low cost. They train you in the 30-minute vegan menus of Urban Dinner Socials, and crowdsource the time it takes to prepare your week of food. Shopping and cooking that could take 20 hours is finished in three.

How this Class Promotes Health:

With food ready-to-eat in the fridge at home, you can avoid the temptation of eating out. Eating home-cooked healthy vegan food means you skip conventionally-farmed foods, chemicals, and denatured ingredients. In this class, learn how to commit to your healthy daily diet. The instructors also address allergen-free cooking. And of course, everyone cooks with fresh, organic, GMO-free produce.

Questions about the class? Please read their FAQ.

About the organizers:

Megan Hobza, Urban Dinner Socials Chef & Whittier Time Bank Director–

Megan Hobza, a California native, studied English Literature at Whittier College and Business Administration at the La Sierra University School of Business.  Though she is a writing professional, the through line in her avocational life has been food, from her family’s shared culinary experiments to her stint as a food critic to helping found the Altadena Urban Farmers Market.  She has cooked for large groups from the age of 18; her current project is the Urban Dinner Socials localvore vegan gastropub.  She believes growing, preparing, and sharing healthy food is the root of community and camaraderie. In addition to producing events through the Urban Dinner Socials, her directorship of the Whittier Time Bank includes the Build-Your-Skills workshop series, which expands the community’s collective hands-on skills needed to sustain a civilization.

Urban Dinner Socials

Urban Dinner Socials is an experimental pop-up that tests vegan, organic, local approaches to traditional comfort foods in Los Angeles. Kitchen volunteers at all skill levels leave with new skills. Guests are seated at a community table and meet new friends. In four years, over a hundred volunteers and over a thousand guests have participated in our four-course prix fixe vegan dinners. Seven kitchen crew alumni have gone on to food employment. Many of our kitchen crew members are also our CSA farmers.

The Urban Dinner Socials is a time bank member. Founded in January 2010 at HM157 Creative Community Space in Lincoln Heights, the dinner series moved in June 2012 to Plant Based Parties, the commercial kitchen of Jennie Cooks Catering in Atwater.

Urban Dinner Socials projects have included a year of monthly international holiday meals from Chinese New Year to Hanukkah; presentations on human rights by Survivors’ Truths and My Daily Constitution at the Juneteenth and Olympics-themed dinners, respectively; a year of weekly home cooking recipes available on Instagram and Facebook (photo below), ten nonprofit fundraisers; and, weekly newsletters with food stories and recipes.

Get recipes, food stories, and keep up with the new ‘Make and Take Cooking Class’ series through their newsletter.

Whittier Backyard Farms–

Whittier Backyard Farms provides the Whittier area with a CSA of fresh organic backyard produce and food education. What is a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture includes produce box subscriptions and also other ways for community members to invest in local food. Join the Whittier Backyard Farms newsletter for updates on farm days, gardening workshops, artisan products, and produce box subscriptions.

Plant Based Parties (Jennie Cooks Catering)–

The event host, Plant Based Parties, offers plant-based catering for vegans and omnivores. Proprietor Jennie Cook has 25 years of experience in celebrations and event planning around the greater Los Angeles area, and now she’s spreading the word about the deliciousness of the vegan lifestyle.